Germany Quietly Draws Up Plans For EU Army

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she addresses a news conference after a meeting with state premiers at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 28, 2016.      REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Germany is backing a plan to assemble a European Union Army, which would bring together all 28 member states under one command.

The plan would involve sharing equipment, putting together a council of ministers and having a headquarters.

The idea was brought up last year by European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Now a white paper has been drawn up by Germany, according to The Express.

“German security policy has relevance — also far beyond our country. Germany is willing to join early, decisively and substantially as a driving force in international debates … to take responsibility and assume leadership,” as reported by Financial Times.

Officials had planned to keep it under wraps until after June 23 – the day of the Brexit vote in Britain.

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Branded merchandise is seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group “Leave.eu” in London, Britain February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The people of Britain are divided over whether to leave the EU. Proponents believe Britain should exit the bloc because it is costly and a threat to national sovereignty.

“The more we Europeans are ready to take on a greater share of the common burden and the more our American partner is prepared to go along the road of common decision-making, the further the transatlantic security partnership will develop greater intensity and richer results,” the document said.

Junker claims the initiative will not hinder NATO in any way.

“Rather a European army would bring an intensive cooperation in the development and the purchase of military equipment and bring substantial savings,” he said.
Original Article: http://www.trunews.com/germany-draws-up-plans-for-european-army-tries-to-keep-it-quiet/#YPasJgJtf0sgG5Pm.99

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